But God also provides human guidance. For writers, these are the sages strong enough to handle our hang-ups and meltdowns, brave enough to speak the hard realities others avoid, and loyal enough to read every draft of our work. They can think like your most passionate fan without being in awe of your gifts (which rules out your spouse and your mom). And they consistently offer ideas that lift your story to the next level by making your story sound even more like you. Though they can be your editor or agent, they often are ones not financially tied to the success of your book.